Campbell High School

An ACT Public School


Mathematics & Languages

Head of Faculty: Adam George

Mathematics Curriculum

The mathematics program at Campbell High School aims to promote a positive attitude towards mathematics and its relevance to students both personally and in their community. The program gives students the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and its processes by following the Australian Curriculum.

Year 7

A common course of study is provided to students in year 7. Year 7 classes follow a common program with common assessment items. The year 7 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further high school mathematics studies.

Years 8 and 9

A common course of study is provided to students in years 8 and 9, which is structured to accommodate the range of students in each cohort. Extension classes exists in year 8 and 9 to extend gifted students. The year 8 and 9 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further mathematical enquiry.

Year 10

In year 10, all students will study a common core program. This program provides students with the opportunity to study mathematics in different levels of depth. Students can follow a 10 or 10A program of study which cover topics which prepare students for tertiary level mathematics at college.
The 10A program leads to a further study of mathematics as needed in heavily mathematics based college courses such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Methods to Specialist Mathematics. High achieving students have an opportunity to be selected for the 10A course.

Mathematics Tutorials

A formalised mathematics tutorial session is available to all students through the Enrichment program. It is designed to give those students who require extra help in mathematics the opportunity to work through problems with a teacher in a smaller group.

Mathematics Competitions

Students at Campbell High School have the opportunity to compete in a number of national mathematics competitions including the Computational and Algorithmic Competition, ICAS Mathematics Competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition. Students who have an interest in the creative understanding of mathematics can also join the mathematics and engineering section of the Tournament of Minds.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians offered by the Australian Mathematics Trust.  For a small fee, students are given mathematical theory and problems based outside the curriculum designed to extend and challenge their understanding of mathematical concepts.

Languages Curriculum

The languages curriculum at Campbell High School provides students the opportunity to develop language proficiency through a four-year sequential program. This continuity allows our students to pursue college language studies at intermediate or advanced levels. Our courses are therefore a part of a continuum of language studies that may start in primary school and go through to university. In years 7 and 8 students must study either French or Japanese.

Benefits of learning a language

  • allows us to communicate in the language learned
  • gives us a better understanding of how languages work, including English
  • helps us appreciate other cultures
  • promotes cross-cultural tolerance
  • broadens our career opportunities
  • enhances our intellectual development

French

Our course is a fun, interactive course designed for high school students. It unfolds in a sequential manner that allows students to build on their acquired knowledge year after year. Students learn vocabulary and grammatical constructions through practical themes appropriate to their level. Teachers design extra handouts to supplement the vocabulary and grammar supplied in the textbook. Songs and short poems are used to teach pronunciation in an entertaining manner. The cultural assignments allow students the chance to "visit" France. They are taught how to organise their research, use the library resources and the internet to obtain current information and to take notes and record bibliographical details.

Japanese

The Japanese course is based on Obento textbooks. Each text is an up to date course specifically designed to appeal to Australian high school students. The language for each unit is presented in humorous comic form through a topic or story. The unit follows a logical and familiar pattern that allows the language to develop progressively from year 7-10. The hiragana script is taught immediately and students will be able to read and write hiragana within a few months. Supplementary resources such as tapes, videos, computer programs, games and worksheets enhance the learning process. Our students have a lot of fun trying out their language skills and making new friends. Students complete major cultural assignments using extensive library and computer resources.

An understanding of Japan and Japanese culture is integral to the course. The courses ensure progressive development following a familiar pattern and provide a solid basis for higher studies. The study of Japanese in years 9 and 10 builds on the work completed in earlier years. The four semester units are sequential and students selecting Japanese are expected to study the language for a full year.

Excursions

Trips to France and Japan are seen as an integral part of our language program and occur yearly on a rotational basis. These trips give students an incentive to study because they can look forward to using the language in context at some stage whilst at Campbell High School.

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